Wm. Terry Bagot, organist/ choirmaster at Trinity, Newark, hung up his organ shoes in retirement on Dec. 28. Bagot has faithfully served numerous churches over his 45-year music ministry, including 20 years at St. John’s, Worthington, and the past 15 years at Trinity. The congregation honored him with a wonderful reception on Dec. 21. Soli Deo Gloria!
POSTULANT VISITS ANCESTRAL HOME PARISH
Charles C. Graves IV, a third-year seminarian at the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University and a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, traveled to Gary, Indiana in December to serve as guest preacher at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, the first black mission chartered in the Diocese of Northern Indiana. Graves has a special connection with the historic congregation. His great-grandmother, Anna Washington, was one of the founding members of St. Augustine’s in 1927.
MUSICIAN PREMIERES NEW WORKS
Howard Helvey, organist/choirmaster at Calvary, Clifton, will present an interest session/lecture in Salt Lake City on Feb. 27 for the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association. The session, Reclaiming the Ancient Hymnal: the Art, Devotion and Practice of Psalm-Singing, will, in part, feature the official release his new resource, The Clifton Antiphons – refrains for unison congregation (and/or choir) and organ to integrate with the appointed psalms and canticles for all Sundays and Holy Days within the three-year Revised Common Lectionary. Helvey began the antiphon composition project in the summer of 2011 following a conversation with and invitation from Calvary’s rector, the Rev. Jason Leo. The Clifton Antiphons will be made available by mid-February in electronic form on Helvey’s personal website: www.howardhelvey.com.
Helvey’s recent choral work, Song of Creation (Oxford University Press), made its United Kingdom premiere with a live radio broadcast on Feb. 20, performed by the BBC Singers under the direction of Stephen Cleobury. The piece will again be performed by the Choir of King’s College (Cambridge), also conducted by Cleobury, during the 10:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist on Sunday, March 1 at King’s College Chapel.
REST IN PEACE
Sr. Alice Lorraine of the Community of the Transfiguration died peacefully in California on Dec. 27, 2014, surrounded by Sisters and many beloved friends. She was 87. Two services celebrating the life and ministry of Sr. Alice were held in January in Eureka, CA and at the Chapel of the Transfiguration.
Ernestine Gerhard, the wife of the late Rev. Robert Gerhard, died Dec. 15. She was 89 years old. She is survived by her three children, Ernie, Claire and Jane.